Left pic: Rev. Hagop Sarkissian and Mrs. Garine Cholakian
Right pic: Ms. Christine Keshishian
Right pic: Mr. John Sagherian
Right pic: Mr. Garbis Deyirmenjian
Left pic: Ms. Vartoug Balekjian
Right pic: Rev. Raffi Messerlian
Left pic: Rev. Paul Haidostian
Right pic: Mr. Manoug Ibitian
Left pic: Mrs. Maral Haidostian
Right pic: Badveli Hrayr Cholakian
- Christian Social Network
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Board of Directors of the Armenian Evangelical World Council (AEWC) held its meeting on Friday, October 17, 2008, at the AMAA headquarters, 31 West Century Road, Paramus, New Jersey. Representatives from five Armenian Evangelical Unions, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and the Stephen Philibosian Foundation (SPF) were in attendance.
One of the old business subjects is point (c):
c. Evangelism through the internet. Following a report from Rev. Joel Mikaelian, the Council members felt that each union should decide to consider this matter on its own. It was resolved that the five ecclesiastical Unions of AEWC, in consultation with one another, should decide when and how each can start its own program of evangelism through the internet.It is worthy to mention here that the International Christian Family Network (http://www.icfn.tv) in Glendale area of California, and the Bashde Worship Songs (USA), http://www.bashde.org/ are great initiatives.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009 harvest day for grades 9 and 6 Torosian students. They worked all year to reach this day and harvest their “crops” the results of their work.
The guest speaker of the day was Mrs. Maral Deyirmenjian, Principal of Armenian Evangelical Central High School, she addressed the graduates in her speech and encouraged them never to give up in the face of failures, on the contrary, to put every effort to reach their desired goal.
The school choir enchanted the audience with 2 songs from Gomidas and Dikran Mansourian, the conductor was Mrs. Nectar Palazian accompanied by Miss Maria Palazian on piano. This was followed by a presentation of major activities held in 2008 – 2009.
The graduates recited a poem in the memory of Hovhanness Toumanian, Levon Shant and Gomidas directed by Mr. Robert Arakelian.
Grade 9 students Christine Simidian and Lucy Mazmanian Addressed their fellow students with their Armenian and Arabic speeches, Garin Atamian, grade 9, (flute) accompanied by Gassia Hajekian, grade 6, (piano) presented two pieces of music.
Finally, Mrs. Seta Karageozian and Rev. Hovhanness Sevadjian gave out the diplomas to the graduates and with Mr. Vahram Karageozian, a member of the board manager of the school, awards were given to the worthy.
The ceremony ended with the prayer and the blessing of Rev. Hovhanness Sevadjian after which the graduates and their parents were invited to a reception in the school’s playground.
God’s endless love and care and the prayers of the beloved’s wrapped up our academic year blissfully and safely.
Friday June 12th 2009 was the last day of kindergarten school at Torosian school, and at 7:00 in the evening was their graduation ceremony.
The 3 classes enchanted their parents and the audience with their dances and songs, and finally the graduating class, 19 students presented their play, “The Secret of Happiness”.
The play was followed by a video and some photos of all the activities held during the academic year of 2008 – 2009 in Torosian’s Kindergarten.
Finally the 20 graduating students made their entrance to the stage presented an Armenian song and received their first diplomas in the long journey of their educational life.
Mrs. Seta Karageozian congratulated the graduates and their parents, and thanked the KG teachers for their efforts which resulted in this happy ending.
The ceremony ended with Rev. Hovhanness Sevadjian’s prayer and blessing.
Till next year…
Paramus, N.J. - In July, 22 young adults will travel to Armenia as part of the Internship/Work Camp Project of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the association has announced. They will spend a few days in Yerevan and then travel to Ijevan, which this year will be the center of their service.
The group will be led by AMAA's field director, Dikran Youmshakian, and three volunteers: Raffi Kaljian, AEUNA's West Coast youth director, Vicken Keshishian of Havertown, Pa., and David Shahbazian of Kingston, N.Y. AMAA's Internship Program is chaired by Vahram Aynilian, Board member. Participants this year come from different areas in the United States, particularly from Los Angeles, Boston, Troy (N.Y.), Chicago, and New Jersey.
The group will meet in New Jersey. Vahram and Lucienne Aynilian will host a special reception at their home in Alpine on Sunday, June 28. On June 29 the group will visit AMAA Headquarters in Paramus for an introduction.
West coast interns prepare to travel.
Vacation Bible School at Ijevan Church.
That evening they will travel to Armenia, where they will be stationed at the AMAA's new headquarters on Baghramian Street. They will have three seminars in the mornings and trips in the afternoon to historic sites.
On Saturday, July 4, the group will travel to Ijevan, a city in the north, and will be stationed at the local Evangelical church. There the group will have an opportunity to use their talents and will provide hands-on service. They will help renovate the church building and also lead two daily vacation Bible schools.
AMAA's Internship Program has multiple purposes. It will help encourage the youth to learn more about their roots and visit, see, and experience their homeland, Armenia. In addition they will be acquainted with the ministries of the AMAA. They will be inspired to be involved. They will help their brothers and sisters, and both impact and be impacted by the Armenian way of life. Most of all, stated AMAA, they will appreciate and share God's love with others.
"We are certain that this visit to the homeland will be a pilgrimage for our youth and that they will remain committed to their Armenian and Christian heritage," organizers added.
"The participants are serious and are eager to serve," announced AMAA. "They have undertaken the major part of the expenses: paying for their travel." AMAA will take care of the modest accommodations and will undertake the purchase of the building materials. Donations from individuals and churches are being accepted.
"We thank God for this opportunity and ask our members and friends to keep this program and the participants in their prayers," the statement concluded.
Source: Armenian Reporter
Friday, June 26, 2009
Last night I decided to go to AUB to attend a musical concert at the Assembly Hall organized by the Russian-Lebanese Society in cooperation wih the Russian Consulate.
On the road to AUB, I passed along 3 types of people.
First, I saw two young lads with their skaters, skating along the AUH road. I believe they were heading towards the Central Bank where young Lebanese skaters gather to perform stunts on its long and wide stairs. It's funny how skaters all seem to be skinny or lean, as if it's a must for a skater to be lean in order for him to perform at his best.
Second, I saw a bunch of young AUB students who were discussing among themselves some classroom subjects and they all seemed to be sort of nerds 'cause they started talking about Stephen Hawkings and his lectures. They all had good English and were pretty fluent in it.
Third, I saw two young love birds joining the crowd of music lovers and sat a couple of pews in front of me. They seemed to be a cute couple and the young guy seemed very shy and tense. He had very striking and radiant eyes as if he was fascinated to have his girl sitted beside him.
All of a sudden I felt I was alone and lost in this wretched world. I still don't know what I want from life! Yes, I still want to be part of an adrenaline-free stunt group of skaters or dancers or any weird group and practice the hobby with great passion and enthusiasm! I also want to keep being part of a group of debaters who would carry intellectual conversations with fellow mates and tackle life's different philosophies with great zeal! However, on the other hand, I feel my life is empty. It's empty of its companion like a love bird who has lost his one and only love. I sense the need for that special person who will always be available for me, with whom I can spend deep and soul-enriching moments and go through breath-taking experiences that just the two of us could some day come to tell others about.
However, the truth is, I have lost my passion for life. Nothing seems to attract me strong enough to run after it with all my might! "They all seem pointless pursuits," I say to myself hiding behind the fact that I'm too lazy and a coward who's frightened of failing or being hurt.
With all these passions burning in me, I believe the word lost would best describe me today.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Lydia Gulesserian left Kalaydjian Home in Nicosia, Cyprus, early in May and did not make it back.
Police, family, friends, and community efforts in searching for her ended in finding her corpse in the suburbs of Nicosia on May 26, 2009.
A tragic death indeed.
Too many questions remain unanswered in the minds of family, friends and community.
However, I stopped heeding or answering puzzling questions for a reason: the fact that Lydia lived a life that was worth living for.
She lived a life full of passion and compassion for Christ and His church. She whole-heartedly wanted to help and serve friends and community members because that was one good way to share God’s love with all.
Lydia Gulesserian was a member of the Armenian Evangelical community in Cyprus. She attended our church services regularly, and her zeal for the ministry was a good example to us all. We were empowered by her Christian stewardship to be good advocates in serving Christ and the community.
Despite her tragic death and the many unresolved questions, we need to rejoice today because Lydia is with the Lord, the One she devoted her whole life to. She is rejoicing with Christ today after a journey of 87 years.
Armenian Evangelical church delegation visiting Mr. Vartkes Mahdessian, Armenian representative in Cyprus parliament. Second from left Mrs. Lydia Gulesserian.
We are all going to miss Lydia. Her life lends us a learning experience which can
be summarized as follows:
Live a life that is worth living
for - a life in the service of
Christ and community.
Let Lydia’s experiences be accepted as words of sympathy, condolence, and above all, encouragement to the family, friends and the community at large.
Armenian Evangelical Church - Cyprus
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
When was the last time you gave a life enreaching book to a member of your youth?
When was the last time you discussed viewpoints by reading a book together with the younger generation?
Just weeks ago Beirut was announced as the International Capital for Books encouraging our young and upbeat generation to read books in order to broaden their minds and inrease their knowledge spectrum.
Even though statistics says that, on a global scale, the hobby of reading books has been declining for a decade or more, I believe that no society moves forward without its younger generation being keen on discussing new ideas and controversial issues. In order to do this, I consider the book as the fire power and the catalyst in preparing our future intellects.
The greatest mistake that a leader can make today, is to analyze those statistics and come to the conclusion that the younger generation doesn't care about books and hence is not interested in discussing ideas and different point of views. I can assure everyone that our younger generation is keen on having discussions among each other and with their leaders about their every-day issues and the different world philosophies that attract them.
Being a leader myself, I firmly encourage our dear leaders who already have book-reading groups to continue this vital ministry.
As for those who have never thought of such a ministry, I urge them to search within their groups and find young people who would love to be part of such groups and debate today's issues with tomorrow's leaders.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Mike Hagopian, a chanitzagan and the coach of the Armenian Evangelical Torosian School's sports teams, was awarded with the best sportsmanship coach award, at the LEVAM Armenian-Lebanese interschool sports competitions.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Below, is the 6th issue of the newsletter of the Armenian Evangelical Cultural Association (Հայ Աւետարանական Մշակութային Միութիւն) of the First Armenian Evangelical Church, Beirut.
You can read it, by clicking on the following link:
Donald Leon Babikian was born in Beirut , in 1966. The son of Prof. Dr. Leon G. Babikian and Hermine Karakashian.
After graduating from Armenian Evangelical College in 1984 he continued his education at BUC and AUB. He received his B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics, and is a licensed dietician. He has been working for AUBMC since 2001 as dietary quality coordinator.
Donald has been an active member of the Armenian community. He has been Vice President of Youth Organization of First Presbyterian Church in Fresno , California (1991 – 1993). He has also been Member of Trustees at First Armenian Evangelical Church (2002 – 2005); And He is an active council of AUB Alumni Association (WAAAUB).
Donald is married to Victoria Bardakjian and has two children, Crystal and Levon.
دونالد ليون بابيكيان، ولد في بيروت سنة 1966. وهو ابن البروفيسور دكتور ليون
غرابيت بابيكيان والسّيدة هرمينه كاراكاشيان
بعد تخرّجه من المدرسة الأرمنية الانجيلية العالية سنة 1984، تابع دراسته الجامعية في كلية بيروت الجامعية والجامعة الاميركية في بيروت. حصل على بكالوريوس في التغذية وعلم الغذاء، وهو يعمل في المركز الطبي في الجامعة الامركية في بيروت كمنسق للنظام الغذائي.
وهو عضو ناشط في الطّائفة الأرمنية. وكان نائب رئيس المنظمة الشبابية للكنيسة الانجيلية الأولى في فريزنو – كاليفورنيا العام 1991 – 1993، وعضو أمين للكنيسة الانجيلية الأولى في بيروت العام 2002 – 2005. وهو أيضاً عضو ناشط في جمعية خريجي الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت.
دونالد متزوج من السّيدة فيكتوريا بردقجيان وله ولدان هما كريستل وليفون.
Some of my Goals to be achieved if elected for Evangelist seat in the Lebanese Parliament:
- Make sure that government employees treat Citizens with respect and professional manner.
- Decreasing the number of dropout students by making education more affordable more interesting and updated to the latest technology.
- Establish organizations to teach citizens to protect and preserve the environment, and enforce recycling.
- Control on all Hotel and Restaurant establishments, enforcing food safety and hygiene.
- Reasonable increase in salaries to decrease poverty and establish a middle class population.
- The law of discrimination by religion, race and sex fully enforced by the government and those who break this law must be punished to the maximum.
- Decrease the number of foreign employees to provide jobs for Lebanese citizens.
- Give women equal rights and make domestic violence a crime.
- Create day centers for the elderly so they can enjoy the remaining of their lives comfortably and peacefully.
- Handicaps must be treated as regular citizen, with financial government support.
- Parliament Members should be allowed to serve only two terms and must retire at age 65.
- Members of Parliament must perform their duties fully and should be available for public service at all times.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
The traditional Mothers’ Day celebration of our school took place on Friday, March 27, 2009 at White Tower Hotel’s Ararad Palace hall. Mrs. Maral Mekhsian the chairwoman, of the women’s auxiliary, welcomed the guest speaker Mrs. Vera Sevadjian, who is the wife of Rev. Hovhannes Sevadjian, the pastor of the Arm. Evang. Emmanuel Church. Mrs. Vera gave wise words of counsel for educating children. She affirmed the importance of teaching children starting from a young age by quoting from the Holy Scriptures in Proverbs 22:6. She further explained that both parents have to agree on the same method of educating and training their children, they have to live as an example to their children rather than simply give them advice and they have to keep their promise to build a relationship of trust. Mrs. Vera concluded her address by urging all those presents to encourage their children to pursue their education.
Following the keynote speaker’s address, and in keeping up with the tradition of the school, the principal, Mr. Sahag Dedeyan, on behalf of Gertmenian School, presented The Mother of the Year award to Mrs. Ellen Sagherian with a gold medal for the many years of dedicated service to the school.
Then Mr. Dedeyan said that he had a surprise. He said that this academic year was the 40th in his service to the Arm. Evang. Gertmenian School. It is also the 40th anniversary of his acquaintance with his wife Mrs. Armine. So he asked Mrs. Armine to come forward and receive a gold medal for her perseverance all these years.
Afterwards, the 5-th and the 6-th grade students presented a song and a poem dedicated to mothers. Then the 6-th grade students performed a beautiful Armenian National dance.
Finally, Ararad Aharonian, the famous Armenian singer, took the stage and entertained the mothers with famous Armenian national songs.
Friday, 29/5/09 was a joint sports day for all of the Arm. Evang. Schools in Lebanon. All of our Elem. 4-6 And Int.– Sec. students headed to Anjar and had different types of games (Basketball for Sec. students & mini football and field games for the elem. Students). The day started with a hymn & prayer and continued with the games. Our school brought home two cups (1st place for big boys mini-football & 2nd place for junior mini-football) and a bunch of medals from the elem. field games. All enjoyed the beautiful sun & nature of Anjar.
Source: Shamlian-Tatikian blog